The Super (Monster?) City meetings we are hosting along with Labour are well under way, and we are getting good numbers attending. What is coming through loudly and clearly is that people are angry and frustrated at the blatant attack on democracy and the underlying agenda of ‘Rogernomics Round 2’.
Waiheke last Thursday attracted 40-odd fired up Islanders, over 60 attended at Onehunga on Tuesday, and last night around 120 Westies spoke their mind at the New Lynn Community Centre.
There was also a good turnout in Takapuna where Keith Locke represented our point of view.
Despite the period for submissions opening as people went home for Xmas, and ending just as folk are returning to work or study and busy getting kids back to school, it seems we will have plenty of submissions coming through by the due date of February 12th.
The major concerns that are emerging include the fact that the so-called Council Controlled Organisations will in fact be very difficult for the Council to control, especially given that the directors will be appointed by none other than Minister Hide, who I’m sure we can rely on to appoint people sympathetic to his privatisation agenda to these critical positions.
Public ownership of water is something most people value very highly, and realising how well the CCO model paves the way to privatisation of this and other public assets is at the front of many peoples’ minds.
There is real concern that the local boards will end up with lots of functions and compliance duties, but no real opportunity to engage strategically in the shape or form of their communities, and no resources to support community aspirations.
It is already clear that the lack of clarity around what boards will be able to achieve is deterring people who might think about putting themselves forward as candidates later this year.
Tonight the roadshow moves to the Grey Lynn Community Hall, then next week to Mt Albert, Warkworth, Mangere, and Kumeu. A full schedule can be found here. It would be good to see you there, and in the meantime get those submissions under way.